New Jersey Governor Chris Christie orders school chiefs’ pay frozen

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie ramped up his war on school-superintendent salaries on Monday, ordering a freeze on all contract renewals or extensions for district chiefs until a review is completed.

He issued new rules earlier this month that would limit superintendent pay, meaning pay cuts after current contracts expire for more than two-thirds of the state’s more than 525 superintendents when the regulations take effect in February.

Also Monday, a Christie surrogate ordered the Parsippany-Troy Hills school board to rescind the contract of superintendent Lee Seitz, whom the governor has called a “poster boy” for overpaid school chiefs.

Under Mr. Christie’s rules, which tie pay to student enrollment, Mr. Seitz’s pay for running the 7,200-student district would be held to $175,000 a year. But Mr. Seitz’s pay would rise over five years to $234,000 under the contract approved last week by the school board.

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